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Siria/Guernica l’arte di Youssef Abdelke

Uno stupido che cammina va più lontano di dieci intellettuali seduti (Jacques Séguéla)

Il giornalista è stimolato dalla scadenza. Scrive peggio se ha tempo. (Karl Kraus)

734370_409166869189022_463622267_nSe la Rivoluzione spagnola fosse ancora in corso, e Picasso fosse ancora vivo, la prima cosa che farebbe terminando il suo capolavoro “Guernica” sarebbe di fotografarlo e metterlo nella sua pagina social affinché raggiunga il suo vero pubblico.

Questo è esattamente ciò che ha fatto Youssef Abdelke (1) con i suoi lavori esposti nella pagina Facebook “Arte e Libertà”, che contiene alcune delle creazione più riuscite della memoria artistica della rivoluzione siriana.

Ma la differenza tra Picasso e Abdelke è che l’artista spagnolo rimase in esilio in Francia fino alla caduta di Franco, Abdelke invece è tornato dalla Francia alla Siria per stare accanto alla sua gente mentre lotta contro la dittatura di Assad.

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Translation from English into Italian, Rina Brundu – August 2013

La pagina facebook  “Art & Freedom”

https://www.facebook.com/youssef.abdelke.artist

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(1) Youssef Abdelke (Arabic يوسف عبدلكي) is one of Syria’s leading artists. Respected engraver and master draftsman, he is a great observer of living phenomena, and while he is precise and methodical in his approach, there is also a poetic side to his work. With an extensive oeuvre that has been decades in the making, his subject matter has ranged from highly political social satire to meditative still-lives. As such his work has been influential to a number of young and emerging artists in the Arab world.

On July 19, 2013, the Syrian regime forces arrested Yousef Ebdalki after he signed a declaration calling for the departure of President Bashar al-Assad.

Life and Career

Born in Kamishli, Syria, in 1951, Youssef Abdelke has lived in Paris, France, since the late 1970s, after graduating from Damascus University’s Faculty of Fine Arts. In 1986 he received a diploma in Etching from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts and later went on to complete a PhD in Plastic Arts from University of Paris VIII in 1989.

A versatile artist, he has worked in different areas of graphic art, and is known for his posters, logos, and book covers in addition to his etchings and collages. Abdelke has authored over 30 children’s books and has published several texts on the history of caricature in Syria and the Arab world. He has exhibited throughout the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe and his artworks can be found in the Kuwait National Museum, the British Museum, the National Museum of Damascus, and many other institutions. (fonte Wikipedia).

Featured image, uno dei lavori esposti su “Art & Freedom” e qui riprodotto a scopo dimostrativo.